Fire Apparatus Damaged While Responding to Alleged Arson Fire During Sandy

During Hurricane Sandy, two fire trucks and an ambulance were damaged by tree limbs while responding to an East Amwell Township (NJ) house fire which was an arson. No serious injuries occurred to any of the volunteers in the vehicles.

It may cost $8,000 to repair Amwell Valley Fire Company’s 2011 Pierce fire engine. The Amwell Valley Rescue Squad is awaiting a repair estimate for its damaged ambulance. The truck, only put in service in January, was the company’s “lead” engine.

Amwell Valley’s damaged truck has a 1,000-gallon water tank, 1,500 gallon-per-minute pump, foam and dry chemical extinguishing systems and more than 2,000 feet of hose. Alexander said it being out of service is not hampering his company.

“We are using our 1995 3D engine as our lead engine at this time.” That truck was the lead engine until the Pierce arrived. “If we have a major fire while the Pierce is out of service, we will be assisted by mutual aid fire companies, per our box alarm system setup with Hunterdon dispatch,” Chief Marty Alexander said.

A firetruck from Three Bridges Fire Company was damaged when it hit a fallen tree and the ambulance remains out of service.

According to State Police at Kingwood, the fire in the unoccupied house on Larson Road was set. It was deliberately started in several rooms on the first floor.

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